10 Secrets to Consistent Journaling

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Focus On Your Why

The first question to ponder when deciding to daily journal is why you want to do it. The why will change over time throughout seasons.

Do It Early

When something is important to us, we tend to make it a priority. An easy, no frills way to do this is to work on it early in the day when we have a lot of motivation and energy. By doing it early, there is less of a chance of hitting the sack at night while forgetting to do it.

Habit Stack

Habit stacking is the art of building habits on top of other habits to create a sequence. As humans, we tend to stack habits without thinking about it. For example, if every morning you get a shower and then towel off, get dressed and brush your teeth, that’s a habit stack.

Set Up Reminders

If you decide that you want to write multiple times a day, a good practice is to set reminders. Reminders can be set on the cell phone as an appointment or alarm. Reminders can be set through a daily planner by marking it down as a to-do item. Even keeping a journal close to you can serve as a powerful reminder to get it done.

Leave In a Consistent, Accessible Place

There is a certain power in assigning things places in our lives. It shows that we value them and that they are important to us.

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Set a Timer

Not every journaling session has to be long. Even small amounts can help to establish our why and get something important on paper. Set a timer for ten minutes, five minutes or even 2 minutes. Stop when the buzzer rings. Keep your hand moving. Don’t edit. My guess is that the most difficult part will be actually stopping when that bell rings.

Vary Lengths of Entries

The idea of morning pages has been around for awhile. The concept is writing 3 pages- front and back when we wake up first thing. However, that is not the only way to journal.

If stuck for motivation, use prompts

When we try to write day after day, it’s possible to hit a wall occasionally. There are many great prompts out there, both as blog posts or in book format that will jog our creativity. On my blog, www.octoberdaydreams.net, I’ve had a running series for months where I list 21 questions that are themed by month of the year.

If struggling with boredom, make it fun

There are a lot of different ways to make journaling fun. Sometimes the smallest thing, like using color ink instead of blue or black is enough to make the change. There’s the option to draw it out if drawing intrigues you. Art therapy relies heavily on creating as a form of therapy and can be done through art journaling. Finally, using creativity in lettering can go a long way to making the act of journaling fun.

If you hate writing things out… try these instead

In addition to using art journaling as a primary method of writing, there are also technological methods. There are apps on every phone that make writing easier. Some of my personal favorites are: JournalIt!, Notebook Pro (for lists) and Gratitude 365- which keeps track of the days gratitude was journaled. Each phone also comes with a voice recorder. This comes in handy for times when writing down things would take too much time, but can be transcribed later in a different format.

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Rachella Angel Page

Rachella Angel Page

Writer, wife, lifelong learner. I write about personal development, emotional wellness, relationships and lifestyle. rachellaangelpage@yahoo.com